I'm out at Safeco Field this afternoon helping with our coverage of the Mariners' season opener against the Angels, so this will be an abridged post. But we do have a few notes from what was a pretty chilly morning at Husky Stadium (no rain, though).
--- The biggest personnel news today was the return of sophomore CB Naijiel Hale, who missed the first week of spring practice for an undisclosed reason. The Huskies were in shoulder pads and helmets today, though Hale can't put on pads until he gets through three practices without. He still participated fully, even coming off the edge on a corner blitz to "sack" QB Jake Browning during an 11-on-11 period.
--- Still no RB Deontae Cooper, though RB Jomon Dotson returned to practice and I didn't notice anyone else missing.
--- No change to the status of any of the players sitting out for injury reasons. LB Cory Littleton didn't appear to be wearing shoulder pads, and I didn't see him participate during 11-on-11 periods. LB Drew Lewis worked with the No. 1 defense in his place.
--- The first-team defense remained unchanged aside from Littleton watching from the sidelines. Will Dissly, Elijah Qualls and Taniela Tupou occupied the defensive line, with Psalm Wooching at buck LB, Lewis, Azeem Victor and Scott Lawyer at linebacker, Sidney Jones and Darren Gardenhire at cornerback, and Budda Baker and Brian Clay at safety. But as always, there was liberal substitution at each position, so you saw a lot of different personnel combinations.
--- The first-team offensive line also remained unchanged -- from left to right, Jake Eldrenkamp, Dane Crane, Siosifa Tufunga, Shane Brostek and Andrew Kirkland, with Matt James also taking some reps at right tackle during 11-on-11 periods -- and, again, the three quarterbacks rotated equally throughout.
--- The defense forced two turnovers today. First was an interception by walk-on defensive back Sean Vergara, who leapt to pick off a pass from Jeff Lindquist intended for Jaydon Mickens deep up the right sideline. Later, safety Brandon Beaver (still wearing a yellow, no-contact jersey) intercepted a screen pass thrown by K.J. Carta-Samuels.
--- Two turnovers, however, is not enough to avoid running a gasser at the end of practice. And because the defense committed too many "loafs" throughout the session, the entire defense ran a total of five gassers after practice to drive home the point. They appeared tired afterward.
--- The final 11-on-11 series were pretty uneventful, as neither resulted in a score. Carta-Samuels led a drive that lasted 12 plays, thanks in part to a few nice runs by RB Lavon Coleman, but it ended after Carta-Samuels threw a pair of incompletions. The first of those was to a wide-open Brayden Lenius, to whom Carta-Samuels simply misfired.
--- Clay made a nice play to break up a pass from Browning on the final play of practice.
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